The Patriots will be seriously undermanned Sunday in Buffalo.
Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth (back), safety Patrick Chung (hand) and wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring) will not play against the Bills after they were downgraded to out Saturday. This means they didn't travel with the team to Buffalo.
The Patriots already announced tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back) and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion) wouldn't be available for Sunday's game. Without Haynesworth, Chung, Hernandez and Vollmer, the Patriots will take on the Bills sans the help of four players who play starting-caliber snaps.
In Hernandez's absence, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco should receive an increased amount of snaps against the Bills.
Josh Barrett and Sergio Brown will likely start at safety with James Ihedigbo and Ross Ventrone serving as backups.
Rookie Nate Solder will start at right tackle in place of Vollmer.
If the Patriots employ a four-man defensive line, Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love and Landon Cohen will be the only available defensive tackles, though Shaun Ellis could play inside in a pinch. There's a good chance the Patriots could utilize more of a 3-4 look due to the available personnel in Buffalo.
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